Engaging participatory community development processes through gamification

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The Oasis Game is a gamified process tool that is based on a 7-step philosophy developed in Brazilian favelas and replicated in over 50 countries worldwide. It is an engaging format that aims to realize the dream of a community by bringing them together in a 6 to 10 day intervention to co-dream, co-design and co-create that a project in urban space based on their common aspirations with their own resources, hands and hearts. The process involves a lot of interactive playful tools make it attractive for everybody to join hands in creating a better world together, starting in their own community, starting now. The Oasis Game is available in Portuguese, English and shortly in Spanish.

No Poverty , Reduced Inequalities , Sustainable Cities and Communities , Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions , Partnerships for the Goals

Elos works in very challenged and deprived communities around the world. The initiative originates from community transformation work in Brazilian favelas where people are challenged by poverty, violence, and lack trust within their communities.

For the last 20 years, the Elos Institute has facilitated the creation of bottom up solutions, re-awakening the innate power that lies within people and their communities. Elos offers an effective and community-based form of action-oriented learning and reconstruction of the social fabric.

Elos Institute developed the free and downloadable Oasis Game, which boosts the empowerment of individuals and groups to think and act as a community, through emotional intelligence, self-learning, and self-confidence. This results in participants being faced with their own capacity to transform. This sparks a movement of action, generating both physical, personal and community transformations.

The underlying methodology of the Oasis Game is about mobilizing results in the transformation of public spaces and relationships through the gathering of talents, resources and collective dreams, which results in concrete improvement of living conditions, but also provides a transformation of culture on how to connect to the city and how we interact with communities.

The Oasis Game creates goals where the community is required to achieve these goals together. This brings the community  to co-dream, co-design and co-create their dream with their own hands and hearts. The process is interactive and involves playful tools, making it appealing for anyone to be involved. Examples of the community projects that have been realized, include the collective construction of playgrounds, parks, community gardens, community bakeries and housing projects.

The Oasis Game is run by active community members, local stakeholders and volunteers in a chosen community. A group of 20 to 30 people are supported, hosted and facilitated by a team 2 to 3 people.  This group goes out into the community to mobilize the people to find, design and realize the dream of their community.

The Oasis Game, through its replicability and trainings, was applied to over 400 community-programs, taking place in 49 countries, affecting over 100.000 citizens, promoting the breakdown of social barriers and creating valuable connections between people by working for a common dream.

The Elos Institute has worked for 20 years in the Baixada Santista area, where the majority of favelas are found in Brazil. During the past 20 years, this process of social transformation was applied to diverse fields, including in schools, prisons, indigenous communities, asylum centres, stimulating social entrepreneurship, reconstruction after natural disaster, redesign of social housing project, to name a few.

The Oasis Game has been replicated in over 50 countries, including most countries in Latin America, many countries in Europe, Africa (Zimbabwe, South-Africa, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal) and India.

The Oasis Game offers a simple path that can be replicated by any group interested and is based on 7 steps. More information about the principles of the 7 steps can be found here: http://elosfoundation.org/elos/elos-philosophy.html

Find and sign up here to find the materials: http://www.institutoelos.org/games/ and choose ‘jogo oasis’.

Brazil , Zimbabwe , South Africa , Guinea-Bissau , Senegal , India

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